Scottsbluff Police and Fire info on Graco seat recall

Graco Children's Products is recalling almost 3.8 million car seats because faulty buckles can make it hard to free the child in an emergency. The Scottsbluff Fire and Police Departments suggest testing your buckle if you have one of the affected car seats.

Graco says the defect happens when food or drinks get stuck in the buckles. Scottsbluff Police Patrol Officer Bobbi Kuhlman says the company will send replacement buckles for free to customers who have registered their seats or who call the company's hotline (800-345-4109). Kuhlman says the company's website, Gracobaby.com, also has video instructions for cleaning the buckle and for a buckle replacement.

Kuhlman says you can also send an e-mail to consumerservices@gracobaby.com She says the Scottsbluff Fire and Police Departments will not be providing new seats or replacement buckles for this recall issue. However, if you need assistance with installing your replacement buckle from the company, contact the Scottsbluff Fire and Police Departments at 308-633-4109 to set up an appointment.

Here are the seats involved in the recall:

Toddler convertible car seats (generally used for rear-facing infants under 30 lbs. and forward-facing toddlers up to 70 lbs. Smart Seat also converts to a booster for up to 100 lbs.) including Comfort Sport, Cozy Cline, Classic Ride 50, My Ride 65, My Ride 65 with Safety Surround, My Ride 70, Size 4 Me 70, Smart Seat.

Harnessed booster car seats (used for forward-facing toddlers between 20-100 lbs. Argos 70 also converts to a backless booster for up to 120 lbs.) including Argos 70, Nautilus, Nautilus Edge.

NHTSA says Graco should also recall an additional 1.8 million rear-facing infant seats with similar latches. Graco isn't recalling those seats, but will provide replacement buckles to those who request them. Those seats are: Snugride, Snugride 30, Snugride 32, Infant Safe Seat-Step 1, Snugride 35, Tuetonia 35,
Snugride Click Connect 40.

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